What to expect from immediate restoration dentistry?

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Dentures, bridges, and crowns are amazing alternatives to natural teeth. They are a part of restorative dentistry – an aspect that deals with studying damaged teeth and their possible replacements. You can get a denture if you have lost all your teeth. However, if you have lost only a handful or less, you may get bridges or crowns. For same-day dentures, the first step is to undergo the tooth extraction process. For same-day bridges and crowns, the first step is to take 3D images of the patient’s teeth and gums to create a perfectly resembling natural tooth.

Same-day dentures, bridges, and crowns

Same-day/temporary/immediate dentures are dentures that are placed in your mouth on the same day as your teeth extraction. What this means is that you would not have to live a day being toothless! As per an article published by Colgate, “…temporary dentures, are placed the same day that your natural teeth are removed. By getting your extractions and dentures in the same day, you’ll be able to flash that pearly white smile on your way in your dentist’s office and on your way out, too.” These dentures help your gums to bleed less and heal better after the tooth extraction process, and can perfectly resemble the shape and color of your natural teeth.

The idea behind same-day crowns and bridges are also the same. On the exact day of your tooth extraction, your dentist will replace your tooth with a crown or a bridge, depending upon the requirement.

Thus, it is a kind of restorative dentistry that can be performed in a single visit. Understandably, immediate restorations are not as common as traditional ones yet, particularly because they cost more. However, many patients do not opt to be toothless for too long, and thus, need immediate restorations. If you were there to get same-day restorations, what would you expect from your dentist?

What will the dentist do first? 

In the case of an immediate denture, your dentist will first ask you for an appointment before your tooth extraction. In this appointment, the dentist will first take a mold of your gums and teeth, and send it over to the laboratory for the denture to be created. In this sitting, the shape and color of your teeth will also be recorded so that the denture could perfectly resemble your natural teeth.

In the case of same-day bridges and crowns, there is no pre-surgical appointment required! The first thing that the dentist would do is to fix an appointment with you for the tooth extraction process. If you are someone who is not having a damaged tooth and has already lost a tooth, you would definitely not be requiring any tooth extraction!

What will the dentist do next?

The next thing that your dentist will do is to give you a date for the next appointment, which is for the tooth extraction process. This is usually the first step in any form of restorative dentistry. For getting same-day dentures, the next time you go to the dentist for the purpose is when your temporary dentures are ready.

Teeth extraction will most likely involve local anesthesia. Once the teeth are extracted, the dentist will apply some gauze to your gums and give it some time to heal from the extraction process. Some dental gel and powders may be applied too and leave you there for some time with your mouth open. After some time, the dentist will come to you with the temporary denture and fit it properly inside your mouth.

However, if you’re there to get a bridge or crown, the dentist would take 3D images of your teeth, to perfectly create a lookalike! Leaving your gums to heal for a while, your dentist would then fit the crown or bridge into your gums, and complete the rest of the surgery.

Is that it?

No! A great amount of post-treatment care would be required for maintaining the restorations. The dentist is likely to hand you a complete list of instructions post the operation, and you must abide by that for as long as you heal.

During the healing process from same-day dentures, temporary linings and conditioners will be required regularly, as your gums would recede post the extraction. This is why regular check-ups are mandatory during this phase. Once you have healed, a permanent refitting of the denture will be done for a final and perfect fit. Restorative dentistry requires patients to be absolutely meticulous with their lifestyles during the entire healing phase. In case of any unusual swelling or bleeding, contact your dentist immediately!

That is all you have to expect from your dentist if you are considering an immediate restoration. If you or someone you love is in dire need of teeth extraction and dentures, we highly recommend immediate dentures, since they can be perfectly customized as per your natural requirements, unlike traditional dentures. Whether you are getting immediate dentures, crowns or bridges, regular check-ups are mandatory, since relining may also apply to temporary crowns and bridges as well. Sometimes you can get temporary crowns or bridges for only as long as the permanent ones are not created. To avail the benefits of restorative dentistry in a single visit, visit your nearby dental clinic today.

Why Would You Go For An electric Toothbrush in 2019?

Haven’t been able to pull out yourself from the use of traditional toothbrushes yet? This is often the case for most of you out there. To add on, many of us are often told that electric toothbrushes are a sheer waste of money. But the real scenario is far from this. There are a range of virtues that made electric toothbrushes popular in the market over the years. You can also have a discussion with the dentist near you on this issue and find out the fact. We will check out a few of the virtues of an electric toothbrush, in this post.

Here’s what makes electric toothbrushes a real hero:

Research has typically revealed that electric toothbrushes have a slight edge, but that is honestly not huge. Therefore, if we have to count on the virtues of an electric toothbrush, let us check those that give it but a slight edge!

1. Stops You From Brushing Too Hard:

Electric brushes usually come fitted with a pressure-controller. While brushing manually, many of us tend to brush too hard, considering it to be extra effective. But that’s a myth and it could damage your gums and erode your teeth enamel too. Gum injury due to hard brushing may make bleed and recede too. Electric toothbrushes prevent you from the risks of brushing too hard.

2. 2-minute timer:

Electric brushes come with a built-in timer. This prevents you from brushing too long (which harms your gums and enamel) or too less (does not remove plaque from your teeth efficiently). A built-in timer on the contrary, helps you brush for an exactly dentist-recommended 2 minutes.

3. 3-D action technology:

Your electric toothbrush is able to sweep off plaque in the 3-dimensional manner. It actually oscillates, rotates as well as pulsates to break up the plaque first and then sweep wipe it away.

4. Easier for people with limited mobility:

Since the electric toothbrushes do most of the work, they are of maximum help to people with limited mobility. Therefore, individuals with a carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis & other growth disabilities or defects find it easier to use an electric brush than a manual one.

5. Fun for kids:

Kids may create a lot of trouble while having to brush their teeth. This depends totally upon their mood and the way they are groomed. Parents therefore often find it easier to make their kids brush their teeth using an electric brush. It makes brushing interesting to them! Thus, for kids, electric brushes are more engaging.

Despite all the above-mentioned virtues of an electric toothbrush, why do you think that its use is yet not widespread?
To start with, electric brushes are quite obviously more expensive than the manual ones. The totally disposable ones are a little cheap though. As for the re-usable ones, finding the right replacement brush heads is not always easy and convenient. Your nearest store may not have the right brand.

Besides that, the plug-in versions are not travel-friendly. Neither are the normal ones as you have the headache of charging them! Finally, you may simply not like the vibrating feeling inside your mouth as it often tends to stimulate more saliva within your mouth.


In a recent study, it was found that electric brushes were mostly helpful for people who were using some kind of orthodontic appliances, especially, the traditional braces. Wearing braces actually makes it difficult to clean every nook and corner of your teeth. The electronic toothbrush made this job quite easy and hassle-free.

Although this article was not intended to draw a comparison between manual and electric brushes, yet, it goes without mention that, each has its own virtues. It all depends upon your need and comfort levels. If a product suits these two factors, you should go for it! You can choose to have a word with the dentist near you before switching from a manual one.

Filling in the Gaps: Restoring Your Smile & Quality of Life

Life is full of unexpected surprises, and while we’d love for all of them to be smile-inducing, that’s not entirely realistic—and there may be many reasons you hide your smile. If you’re hiding your smile because of one or more missing teeth, we want you to know you’re not alone. In fact, 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, and more than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth at all.

Whether the cause is tooth decay, gum disease—#1 on the list of reasons, with 50% of Americans over the age of 30 having the most severe form of periodontitis—illness, or injury, there are solutions. Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt at Nelson Ridge Family Dental would like to fill you in on your options, which have expanded and improved over the years thanks to technological advancements and continuing education.

An Ounce of Prevention

You’re probably familiar with the cliché, but in case you’re not, the ending goes: “is worth a pound of cure.” At Nelson Ridge Family Dental, we believe this to be true. We hope to see smiles from all over New Lenox regularly so we can catch problems in their earlier stages and help you avoid the need for more extensive procedures. If tooth decay and/or infection within your tooth’s pulp chamber is caught in time, we might be able to salvage your tooth with a root canal, inlay or onlay, or a crown.

Ye Who Enter Here

If, however, the damage has been done and a tooth needs extraction or has already left the building, you don’t have to abandon all hope. We can either bridge the divide, or implant some pearls of strength and wisdom. If you need to replace more than a few teeth, partial and full dentures are on your list of options as well, and the dentures of today are more comfortable and natural looking than the dentures of decades past.

Let’s Get Back Together

If you’ve got a separation between two or more teeth, a little bit of relationship counseling might be helpful… kidding! What Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt can do is design a dental bridge to restore your smile’s function and beauty.

If the space where your tooth used to be has neighbors, a traditional bridge can be placed using those neighbors, which will be prepared and crowned as anchors. If the gap is in the back of your mouth and has only one tooth for anchoring, what’s called a Cantilever bridge can be crafted and bonded for security. The third type of bridge that can replace a missing tooth is called a Maryland. Maryland bridges have metal wings that are bonded directly to your neighboring teeth for support, without the need for preparing and fitting them with crowns.

Finding the Right Fit

If all or most of your teeth require replacement, dentures are another option—one that has expanded and improved over time. Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt can help New Lenox residents choose which type is best for their case, between conventional, immediate, and overdentures. Going the conventional route means allowing for a healing period before they’re fitted, which can take several months. Immediate dentures can be placed after remaining teeth have been extracted, thanks to measurements being taken and models being created of your mouth and jaw during a preliminary visit. Overdentures are a great option if you have healthy teeth remaining, as they can fit over the top of your tooth roots along with implants, which gives them a more natural feel and appearance. You may experience discomfort during your adjustment period, but we will do all we can to ensure your oral health and function return.

The Long Haul

Whether you’re missing one tooth, a couple of teeth, or all of them, the #1 recommended solution by doctors and patients is dental implants. Their versatility and ability to preserve your jawbone by mimicking your tooth root are unmatched. Dental implants are small posts made of biocompatible titanium that are inserted into your jawbone, fitted with an abutment, and then capped with a beautiful, durable, porcelain crown, bridge, or a full set of dentures. Besides them bearing the closest resemblance physically and aesthetically to your natural teeth, they can also last a lifetime with proper care.

The Final Verdict

The jury is not out when it comes to replacing missing teeth. It’s important not just because the hole they leave can hurt your self-confidence—it can also hurt your oral health. Surrounding teeth may shift and alter your bite, and without that root, your jawbone starts to deteriorate, causing a sunken-in facial appearance. If you’ve been missing one or more teeth for a while, you know it also impacts your diet and the way you speak. Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt are able and would be honored to restore your smile to the healthy, beautiful state you deserve. Contact Nelson Ridge Family Dental today to make an appointment!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


Crowns, Bridges, Dentures & Implants: the Facts

There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Nelson Ridge Family Dental talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Your New Lenox dentists know folks like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to dental restorations that might end up in your mouth.

Crowns, Bridges & Dentures, Oh My!

At some point in time, most of us will lose at least one adult tooth. The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, but it could also be an accident, a sports injury, or a cavity. Some people are even born without the ability to develop one or more adult teeth! Either way, the point is that most of us will one day face a decision: how do I replace my lost or damaged tooth? There are many ways to fill a gap in your bite:


Crowns themselves do not replace entire teeth, but they play an important role in the process of stabilizing teeth and supporting other devices that restore harmony to your bite. Sometimes, Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, Dr. Eberhardt or Dr. Danesh will place a crown to improve the appearance of or strengthen a tooth after a cavity has left the tooth unable to support a filling.

Placed directly over the surface of the tooth (like a king’s crown), crowns can also be used to protect weak teeth, repair broken teeth, attach and anchor a bridge, and/or cover an implant. They come in a variety of materials and colors to suit a number of different needs.


Bridges are permanent or removable dental restoration appliances that replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. By creating a literal bridge between gaps, bridges improve the functionality of your bite and the beauty of your smile.

Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or any combination thereof. Both fixed and removable bridges make use of surrounding teeth for support, but fixed bridges are usually more stable than removable bridges. However, they are also more expensive than removable bridges.


If you have lost most or all of your teeth, dentures may be the way to go. Dentures are natural-looking, removable appliances that allow you to eat and speak normally, despite a lack of teeth. They also help prevent sagging of the facial muscles, which can occur if there are little or no teeth to support the structure of your face.

There are three types of dentures: conventional, immediate, and overdentures. Conventional dentures require the removal of any remaining teeth and a healing period (sometimes several months or longer) before they can be fitted. Immediate dentures also require the removal of your remaining teeth but are inserted the same day as the removal.

Overdentures are a great option if you have a few healthy teeth left. They are called overdentures because your New Lenox dentists fit them over your remaining teeth, which provide support and help keep your jawbone healthy. Although the process of adapting to your dentures may be uncomfortable at first, having functional teeth is much better for your health in the long run!


In terms of preserving the integrity of the jawbone and providing support and strength to nearby crowns, bridges, and/or dentures, implants are the best option for missing teeth. Implants are small, titanium posts inserted directly into your jawbone. The bone grows around them, much like a natural root, and fixes them in place.

Once the bone around the implant is fully healed, a replacement tooth is placed over the implant. This is the closest you can come to a natural tooth. Stimulation from chewing with an implant helps to preserve the jawbone and encourage circulation in the surrounding area. Implants are a permanent solution for a healthier smile.

Why Fix Missing Teeth?

Even if missing teeth aren’t visible and don’t seem to affect your bite, it is still important to do something about them. Nelson Ridge Family Dental wants every everyone to know that the reasons for using crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants go beyond cosmetics and comfort. Your adult teeth are designed to work as a team, and any missing player can compromise the function of your bite, ease of speech, susceptibility to dental disease, and the health of your jawbone.

Contact your New Lenox dentists today to make an appointment and we’ll help you get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.